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Updated 9:12 AM EST, Tue, Jan 05, 2021

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Kindergarten Stabbing Causes Knife Attack Concerns in China

Knife-wielding Man Injured 12 Children at China Kindergarten

(Photo : Facebook) Incident of knife attacks targeting children in China have become common in recent years.

Records of knife attack incidents in China have forced authorities to increase security around schools and conduct in-depth studies of the root causes of such acts, including the recent stabbing on Wednesday in a kindergarten in the Province of Pinxiang.

Knife Attack Incident

Violent crimes are rare in China, but the series of uncoordinated mass stabbing attacks in the country became common in recent years that trace back since a 2010 incident, when a man stabbed 29 school children and three teachers at a nursery in Taixing city, Jiangsu province, in Eastern China.  

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In March 2013, a man killed two relatives and slashed 11 people, including six children, outside a school in China's commercial hub Shanghai. In 2014, another suspect stabbed three children and a teacher to death and wounded several others in a rampage at a primary school that refused to enroll his daughter.

In February 2015, a knife-wielding attacker wounded 10 children in Haikou before committing suicide. And just this Wednesday, a man attacked a kindergarten school and injured 11 children.

Identified Cause

In most of these knife-incident cases, the motive is unknown; however, analysts have blamed mental health problems caused by rapid social change for the occurrence of these kinds of mass murder and murder-suicide incidents.

Knife Registration in China

China began its restriction on dangerous knife since the potential violence concern in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, requiring Chinese citizen to register their identities when buying  potentially deadly knives.

Xinhua reported that restrictions include daggers with blood grooves, lock-knives, knives with blades measuring over 22 centimeters, and weapons with blades over 15 centimeters and a blade point less than 60 degrees.

According to an authorized Leatherman dealer in Beijing, all knives with a locking blade are illegal unless these are part of a larger multi-tool.

China also banned knife selling after two killing sprees occurred in Beijing in 2013.

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